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  1. Jazz Fusion is jazz that is strongly influenced by other styles of music. Jazz fusion is an ambiguous term that provides the first level sub-set down from Jazz. Jazz rock is a sub-sub set from jazz via jazz fusion. The ambiguity comes from an American tendency through the 90's and until now, to freely interchange jazz rock and jazz fusion, when in fact the latter term covers most hybrids of jazz fused with other forms of music. The roots of jazz rock can be traced back to RnB influenced soul-jazz artists such as Les McCann, Grant Green and Jimmy Smith, and young British jazzers such as Graham Bond, Ginger Baker, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Georgie Fame, who were forced to use electronic instruments because the local club's acoustic instruments were reserved for the older established jazz musicians. Probably the first jazz artists that released recordings that mixed modern rock (circa 60s) with jazz were Larry Coryell, Jeremy Steig, Charles Lloyd, The Soft Machine, and The (Jazz) Crusaders. Meanwhile rock artists such as Cream, Grateful Dead and The Jimi Hendrix Experience were getting a lot of publicity and fame with their lengthy improvisations based on blues, rock, psychedelia and some jazz. These rock artists had an impact on Miles Davis who generated a lot of media attention to this new jazz-rock genre with his Bitches Brew album. From there the genre grew and exploded into numerous different directions. One of these directions was brass rock as exemplified by bands like Dreams, Chicago, BS&T and If. These bands combined elements of jazz, rock and classical music with arrangements for brass and woodwinds.

  2. Many other styles of music have been combined with jazz to create fusion including traditional music from around the world, R'n'B, rock, electronic music and pop music and jazz from Africa, Latin America, India and other places. One of the earliest examples of the use of the term fusion comes from the Indo-jazz fusion of Joe Harriott and John Mayer. Some of the more popular early practitioners of fusion included Weather Report and Herbie Hancock's Sextant. A few years later Shakti appears on the scene and expands the boundaries of fusion further, foreshadowing the World Fusion movement of the 90's.

  3. In part Nu.jazz grew out of the British acid jazz scene of the late 80s and early 90s, whilst modern leaders of nu.fusion cite Miles Davis and Jon Hassell as the godfathers of the genre. As the genre began to develop it took on other influences such as world beat/jazz fusion, psychedelic trip-hop, post-rock and mixtures of ambience with modern jazz. The jazz with electronia experiments that Jon Hassell was conducting in the late 80's, with the likes of Eno, were to be a major influence especially on the dance side of nu.jazz, sometimes known as nu.fusion. Three main elements make nu.jazz different from the more traditional jazz (rock) fusion. First of all there is less of an emphasis on instrumental virtuosity in nu.jazz (especially nu.fusion). Second, more use of electronics (especially skilled turntablism) and studio trickery that emphasizes sound textures. Third, nu.jazz tends to use more modern rhythms such as drum'n'bass, hip-hop, post-rock, and various mixtures of world beat rhythms. Progressive nu.jazz artists such as Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvaer and the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.), combine complicated compositions with modern rhythms to create new unheard of soundscapes - while the former two are leaders of nu.fusion, and with more emphasis on jazz playing, EST have been the leaders in straighter nu.jazz. Nu.jazz is loosely connected to other newer jazz fusion genres, particularly the more progressive live, jazz jam bands such as Medeski Martin & Wood or Garaj Mahal. It may seem that the only difference between the two genres is the country the artist is from or what scene they came up through.li>

Only the most progressive of nu jazz, jazz-rock and fusion artists are listed on Progarchives, although accceptability or not here may vary from person to person. All artists have elements of progressive rock in their music (e.g. Jean Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford or David Sancious) or they represent the most forward-looking and progressive element in their genre (e.g. Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock or Weather Report). It should be noted that those many Canterbury jazz rock fusion bands, e.g. Soft Machine, Soft Works, Soft Heap, Soft Machine Legacy, Gilgamesh etc. are to be found under the CANTERBURY heading in Prog Archives.

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4.15 | 94 ratings
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4.25 | 41 ratings
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4.16 | 72 ratings
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4.13 | 87 ratings
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4.14 | 76 ratings
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4.17 | 60 ratings
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4.43 | 20 ratings
ANOMALY
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4.13 | 84 ratings
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4.07 | 205 ratings
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4.11 | 91 ratings
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4.24 | 37 ratings
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Dedalus
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4.15 | 55 ratings
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 Flight of the Angel  by POHJOLA, PEKKA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.21 | 14 ratings

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Flight of the Angel
Pekka Pohjola Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Flight of the Angel ended PEKKA POHJOLA's most productive era that had started in the seventies; his next album would be Symphony No. 1 (1990), an attempt to be a serious art music composer. Haven't listened to it, but I have heard quite unfavourable criticism from experts. Elements from the classical music have naturally always been present in his unique Fusion, also in this album that features some strings too (though not very notably). As a side note, my friend had a conversation with Verneri Pohjola (jazz trumpetist-composer) and asked about his favourites of his father's discography. If I remember correctly, this was the other of the two that Verneri named.

'How About Today?' is a tight, rollicking, up-tempo composition, very rock oriented in sound; Seppo Tyni's electric guitar is in the centre. I wouldn't place this one high in Pekka's scale, or in fact, in the scale of Jazz-Rock / Fusion in genera, newcomers included. The title track is a delicate and more thoughtful piece as its name would suggest. It's built on a simple melody (not unusual in his composing style) but the way the music grows grander before returning to gentler touch is really fine. One could think there's not enough substance for 6 ½ minutes, but there is. 'Il Carillon' is a solo piano composition (played by the respected pianist Liisa Pohjola from the same big musical family). It seems to have some Sibelius influence and Debussy-like impressionism. I believe it would be considered very convincing by the art music critics too.

'Pressure' is very easily recognized as a typical Pekka Pohjola composition with the heavily repeated leitmotif and its stretching to the limit. It may be a matter of taste are there enough ideas for 10 ½ minutes or not. Well, he's done similar things more succesfully too. The synths are central in the sound. The progressivity comes mostly as dynamic changes, not in the melodies. But the best is saved for last: 'Beauty and the Beast' (10:54) is a highly progressive track full of rich details; the arrangement is very many-sided, from the funkiness of brass to the exciting synth patterns and the strings in the final section.And above all is the gorgeous bass playing! This is the masterpiece that justifies the four-star rating, even if the album as a whole is more uneven than most of his earlier works.

The 2002 CD edition includes also a brief summary of Pekka Pohjola's career up to that point.

 Remergence by QUASER album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Remergence
Quaser Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Next step for Morita was to revive a proper Quaser line-up and stabilize a core for live performances.He recruited bassist Yusaku Nakatsuhama and experienced drummer Kazuo Katayama, formerly of Mugen and Midas.But in January 95' all activities stopped, after Kobe was struck by a thunderous earthquake, resulting a tragedy of over 6,000 lost lifes and over 150,000 damaged buildings.Months after the shock the resurrection of Quaser continued with the arrival of guitarist Masami Katsuura.Parallel to composing material for a new album the band performed a sum of 10 lives over a span of three years.Second album ''Remergence'' was published in 1999 on Belle Antique.

The positive consequences of establishing a full line-up have been taped on Quaser's second effort, which is by no means a stylistically different album compared to the first one, but the natural instruments and the tight performances by talented musicians are more than evident.The sound comes often like a cross between FOCUS and UK with strong references to Japanese Jazz-Fusion and a guitarist ripping off the ALLAN HOLDSWORTH acrobatics.So this is modern Symphonic-Jazz Rock with some beautiful solos in the vein of JAN AKKERMAN, supported by some laid-back organ patterns, which usually break into fiery Fusion with virtuosic plays and a technical, solid rhythm section.The atmosphere is extremely grandiose at moments with an obvious 70's-sounding pomposity, changing into mechanical, guitar-based technique, led by a jazzy background.Vocals are not bad also, balanced and controlled singing by Morita, which surrounds the nice instrumental ideas of the group.Of course not all things have been fixed in the process through time.The production is rather slick and Morita has not abandoned some of the weak synthesizers of the debut.But in general ''Remergence'' is a step forward for the band, easily swirling around the old, symphonic days of Progressive Rock and the modern, technical Fusion territory.

File next to NATHAN MAHL, WAPPA GAPPA, AIN SOPH and KENSO.Not compared to the best albums of most of the aforementioned groups, but still this is well-played Symphonic-Fusion Prog with plenty of interesting climates.Recommended.

 Kiiltomato, Kynttilänliekki, Kuu ja Aurinko by GUSTAVSON, JUKKA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.82 | 3 ratings

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Kiiltomato, Kynttilänliekki, Kuu ja Aurinko
Jukka Gustavson Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars This is probably the most romantically oriented of ex-WIGWAM Jukka Gustavson's solo albums, the title meaning Glow-worm, Flame of the Candle, the Moon and the Sun ("romantic lights every one"). And as on several JG albums, there are beautiful nature photography in the leaflet. I'll take the track-by-track approach, using the English titles for your convenience, even though this time all vocals are in Finnish.

'Oh Moon-Beams, Skip About Softly' (a reference to a Procol Harum song title, see?) is a soft, dreamy instrumental in a melancholically slow tempo. Flute is the main instrument for the beautiful melody. 'Two Lonely Planets' is also a calm instrumental for the most part, introspective, almost New Agey mood-painting. The speech in the end turns the sad metaphor of human being as lonely planets into a happier one, concentrating on all the lovely things. Yes, that's pure JG philosophy - not very different from the likes of Jon Anderson or Mike Pinder. Vocal song 'Yearnie and Hope - Together Forever' continues in the relaxed, peaceful mood. Nice, but a bit mild and forgettable among JG compositions.

'Delicate' is a serene instrumental, again with flute in the centre. If you like also minor art music pieces by composers such as Delius, Satie, etc., you'll enjoy this tune. Then comes the first "BLAH, this sounds stupid" thought: 'Robust' could be listenable without the distorted mumble, though the music is clearly just backing-up, meaningless in itself. Every now and then Jukka delivers his literary ideas in not-so-succesful form, musically speaking. Instrumental 'Grey Motion on Wheels' is the most restless track that wanders between free jazz and groovy jazz. In the end it has a short telephone conversation, a bit out of place actually.

'Beautiful Things' is an average track with typical JG mannerism, ie. emphasis on text (spoken, not sung) and a jazz groove that tastes more like backing-up, but e.g. organ and bass sound good. 'Lovers in Science Fiction' has the speech part (blah, again!) in the beginning, but the instrumental part is rather schizophrenic; piano sounds as if a heavy cat was walking on keys. 10-minute instrumental 'Light Bright Sight' wanders at first quite aimlessly, in fact momentarily reminding of Claude Debussy's impressionism on solo piano. A good piece with the needed progression, as there's more solid jazz ensemble playing in the latter half.

'Do You Remember, My Love' returns to the soft, romantic mood with silky sounds. The vocals are again spoken, but not in an irritating way. The serene mood is continued by the final slow instrumental that has emphasis on piano and organ.

Like the following album Toinen Maisema (2006) which has more blues flavour and is less romantic, this album is slightly uneven. Especially for the romantic-minded listeners such as me it offers a lot to enjoy, but may be less succesful as a whole for those who want edgier and livelier Fusion. And now that I think of it, the vocals on this album are all too oriented towards speech instead of singing. Make it 3½ stars then...

 Healing Of The Lunatic Owl by BRAINCHILD album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.05 | 20 ratings

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Healing Of The Lunatic Owl
Brainchild Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Healing of the Lunatic Owl' - Brainchild (74/100)

I don't believe I had ever heard the term 'brass rock' before reading reviews of Brainchild's first (and only) LP, Healing of the Lunatic Owl. Sure, I've had some run-ins with Chicago, but I was yet-unaware there was an entire scene of this sort of music at one point. Brass rock as a proverbial sub-sect of jazz rock and fusion virtually disappeared towards the second half of the 1970s, and especially now the blend of psychedelic fuzz, British R&B and peppy trumpets sounds fairly dated. In spite of that retrospect, I'm quite surprised this jazz-rock sextet never received more attention than they did.

Although Brainchild's relative instrumental novelty is arguably enough to give them relevance with the jazz family tree, the composition and energy on Healing of the Lunatic Owl is almost entirely rock-based. The songwriting- regardless of quality- is fairly straightforward, and were it not for the glaring use of trumpets, there would be nothing in the music to betray a potential connection to jazz. Rather, Brainchild strikes me as a fuzzy, sometimes Krautrock-ish reflection of the wake of late '60s psychedelic trends in Britain. The turn of the decade met with a stark change in the sound of rock music; between the two decades, Brainchild certainly sounds rooted moreso in the former. Bill Edwards' lead vocals are fairly typical for their time, trying to find a balance between poppy hooks and left-field theatricality- I personally think he succeeded, even if his voice lacks distinctiveness.

Brainchild are clearly skilled musicians across the board, but their greatest strength on Healing of the Lunatic Owl is this ability of theirs to balance out instrumental sophistication and hooks. Whether you want to call this progressive rock, jazz or something else entirely, that golden ratio is a rare find- too often, the artists you'll see trying to make this blend sound bland or scattered. While the uncharacteristically melancholic "Sadness of the Moment" is the only tune here that manages to hit me on a directly emotional level, every song on Healing of the Lunatic Owl is distinct. If there's anything I can think of that implies the makings of a potential classic album, it's that feeling of every song having value. The music generally isn't compelling enough for me to rank it among the 'greats' of its era, but there are quite a few folks out there who acknowledge the album as an obscure masterpiece, and for that, I am thankful.

 Time Control by UEHARA, HIROMI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.39 | 120 ratings

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Time Control
Hiromi Uehara Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy

5 stars Although HIROMI UEHARA looks like a J-pop star posing on the cover of her first album as "Hiromi's Sonicbloom," the fact is she is one extremely talented virtuoso piano player who keeps extremely good company with her peers. I am in agreement with everyone else who thinks that this is some of the freshest contemporary jazz-fusion gracing the planet these days. TIME CONTROL is supposedly a concept album about time but since it totally instrumental who would ever know! I guess it's all those time signature changes that not only keep this album bopping and hopping but the entire theme as well.

I see this as an all encompassing celebration of all things jazz with many things prog rock and some classical and avant-garde thrown in for good measure. The brilliance is not only that every member is a virtuoso on their respective instrument but also that the interplay between these musicians is outstanding and impeccable. The trio of HIROMI (piano), Martin Valihora (drums) and Tony Grey (bass) found the addition of David Fiucynski on guitar to add a whole wealth of sounds to the former trio's soundscape. He is a self-described jazz musician who doesn't like to play jazz, so he takes all that jazz training and adds a wealth of funk, microtonal and ethnic inspiration to the mix.

HIROMI started playing piano at the age of 5 and was under the tutelage of Chic Corea so it's no wonder that there is a strong classic 70s jazz-fusion sound as the template here, but how these musicians improvise is where the magic lies on this one. It is thrilling and chilling and there isn't a dull moment on the whole thing. With all this talent it would be wrong to assume that every moment is about trading off solos. There is plenty of nice and slow breathing periods to let the music regenerate its intensity. My first HIROMI experience but certainly not my last.

 Out Of Focus by OUT OF FOCUS album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.87 | 74 ratings

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Out Of Focus
Out Of Focus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Out of Focus were helped by a good promotion during 1970/71, ''See how a white Negro flies'' was included in Polydor's compilation ''Sounds '71'' and the track ''Blue Sunday morning'' became part of Kuckuck's ''SiebenSiebzig'' compilation.Six months after the release of ''Wake up!'' the Germans visited the Bavaria Studios in München to record a second album, which strangely carried the name of the group as a title.Kuckuck was again the publisher.

While ''Wake up!'' was a typical Kraut Rock album with psychedelic leftovers from the 60's, this one sees the band exploring the more experimental side of Rock music and this is pretty obvious already from the short openers ''What can a poor boy do'' and ''It's your life'', which are dominated by a collection of sounds and sights, containing inspirations from Folk, Blues and Jazz, characterized by frenetic rhythms, nervous sax solos, psychedelic organ runs and calm acoustic textures, not to mention the jazzy piano of the second piece.These work as a nice introduction to the very long ''Whispering'', which sounds like a rougher PASSPORT, featuring extended instrumental jams with a pounding rhythm section, usually overpowered by the furious electric guitar of Drechsler and Neumueller's powerful saxes, leading into experimental, jazzy improvisations and a couple of beautiful sax solos over the hypnotic bass lines of Wiesheu.''Blue Sunday morning'' is another attempt on Kraut Folk Rock by the band with a narcotic electric guitar playing alongside the archaic flutes, before Hering's organ gives life to a dramatic Heavy/Psych Rock cut.Not really fond of THE ROLLING STONES'-like vocals.The 17-min. ''Fly bird fly-Television program'' is more or less a good definition of Kraut Rock with strong psychedelic and Folk influences.Again the vocals are rather weak, but the music is pretty interesting with some great organ runs and sax interventions, Drechsler's guitar solos are absolutely efficient and the piece alternates between smooth and punchy segments with a fantastic ending section in the vein of early ELOY, characterized by tremendous energy and featuring Drechsler, Hering and Neumueller's active battle on individual solos.

Solid Kraut Rock with jazzy influences and nods to Folk Music.Passionate, efficient material, even if it lacks some great moments.Recommended.

 Joged Kahyangan by BUDJANA, DEWA album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.27 | 6 ratings

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Joged Kahyangan
Dewa Budjana Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars I heard about DEWA BUDJANA this afternoon when I received a copy of Surya Namaskar by the Indonesian guitarist with Jimmy Johnson and Vinnie Colaiuta, but before going with that album , decided to try Joged Kahyangan, because I wanted to listen his own style first, so I went my collection and found this album which I heard a long time ago but didn't remembered well.

The first thing I must say is that Dewa has a more traditional approach unlike other Indonesian players as who prefer to introduce typical instruments like Kendang percussion, as a fact he's well accompanied by competent musicians like Larry Goldings (keyboards), Jimmy Johnson (bass), Bob Mintzer (sax, clarinet, bass clarinet) and drummer Peter Erskine, who support Dewa with dexterity.

The music is soft and pleasant but at the same time complex and elaborate, flowing gently from start to end, but the most interesting feature is the capacity of Dewa to play complex passages in a style that reminds me of icons as John Mc'Laughlin and Pat Metheny with a touch of Tohpati (As in Majik Blue), but also the importance to allow the other musicians to perform lengthy sections in which he keeps away, avoiding over saturation and futile shredding when unnecessary.

It's hard to choose a favorite song, because the album sounds as a complete entity where every piece is like a chapter of a book that only makes sense in the context it was recorded, but idf somebody asks me, I would mention the complex Majik Blue, wghere Dewa shows us his skills with some strong sections, not as frantic as in the magnificent Erskoman where Peter Erskine surprised me with the solid drumming impressively supported by Jimmy Johnson in the bass

But I also was impressed by his capacity to play softer stuff like the incredibly beautiful As you Leave my Nest with Janis Siege in the vocals and Borra's Ballad, a soft piece where Larry Goldings adds some delicate organ touches to enhance the oneiric atmosphere, the perfect closer for a very good album.

Maybe because I was expecting something different, I won't go with the maximum rating, but anything below 4 solid stars, would seem unfair to me.

Now I can review Surya Namaskar, being more familiar with the sound of this talented guitarist and composer.

 Surya Namaskar (with Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta) by BUDJANA, DEWA album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.30 | 8 ratings

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Surya Namaskar (with Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta)
Dewa Budjana Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Budjana is certainly making the most of being involved with a label boss who allows his bands to release material as often as they like, as he is already back with his third album, recorded with Jimmy Johnson and Vinnie Colaiuta. This time around Dewa is showing his harder more frenetic side, with loads of distortion and the use of fuzz. This provides a real edge to the music, but as always he is aware of the need for light and shade to provide the contrast and he often takes the back seat and lets Jimmy provide some well placed fretless bass before continuing back into the melody. There are also plenty of times when he and Jimmy are actually being very restrained, but the driving force that is renowned session drummer Vinni Colaiuta can't keep still for long and provides plenty of force and angst.

Apparently most of the songs on the album are first takes, and although they were mostly charted it appears that Vinnie often didn't follow the charts but stayed with Dewa and Jimmy, while the longest song on the album, "Kalingga" (just over nine minutes) was improvised. The title of the album means "Salute To Sun", which is fitting as many of the songs are homages to various of Budjana's guitar heroes, so "Campuhan Hill" was inspired by Ralph Towner and uses open strings, while "Capistrano Road" relates to his meeting with Allan Holdsworth.

Musically this is just stunning, a fusion masterpiece, and it is all credit to Leo Pavkovic that the packaging stands up to close investigation as the fold out digipak contains an essay by John Kelman about the recording of the album which I would have loved to have copied out and used as the review as it is so well-written. Budjana is making lots of friends in the Western world with his incredible techniques and love of the genre, and I'm sure that it won't be long until he is back with another winner, but until then, if you enjoy fusion, then you will love this. www.moonjune.com

 Takin' Off by HANCOCK, HERBIE album cover Studio Album, 1962
3.80 | 26 ratings

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Takin' Off
Herbie Hancock Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy

4 stars After performing on one album with the Pepper Adams & Donald Byrd Quintet, HERBIE HANCOCK wasted no time TAKIN' OFF into the limelight with his first solo release. Although this is basically a continuation of the hard bop found on the quintet's album, HERBIE is allowed to blossom here and he really stands out amongst the crowds of other hard boppers of the day. His signature piano playing isn't quite as funk-tinged as it would become in the 70s but it is already here gestating in this more traditional take on the contemporary jazz with top notch musicians to back him up. The duo horn section of Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon with bassist Butch Warren and drummer Billy Higgins prove that HERBIE HANCOCK was ready for prime time and luckily for him success came almost instantly.

The album kicks off with "Watermelon Man" which may sound familiar because it's the same tune that was re-recorded for his jazz n' funkfest album "Headhunters" which like this debut upped his stardom another few notches. This first version is a standard jazz bop affair with a nice and easy delivery going on. Fans of HERBIE's later jazz-fusion work may not be impressed with this album since this is a HERBIE HANCOCK going with the flow of the contemporary music scene but he does it with such panache and confidence that it is an excellent album that shows the promise of the diversifying sounds he would later embrace. I prefer the more upbeat songs myself and find the slower ballads less interesting, however the strong tracks alone make this more than a worthy listening experience for pure jazz lovers.

 Live '75 by BRUCE, JACK album cover Live, 1975
3.98 | 4 ratings

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Live '75
Jack Bruce Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by HolyMoly
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl and Canterbury Teams

4 stars This fascinating 1975 concert was discovered quite by accident whilst Polydor was going through its archives preparing for reissues of Jack Bruce's solo catalog. Although the recording had its share of rough spots, it was salvageable (though there's still some noticeable distortion in the louder parts), and in 2009 was released as a two disc set. It's a testament to the kind of respect Jack Bruce had in the musical community that his "backing band" contains not one but two people who I consider superstars in their own right: Mick Taylor, former Bluesbreaker guitarist and fresh from a stint with a little band called The Rolling Stones, and Carla Bley, author and mastermind behind one of the most incredible albums I've ever heard ("Escalator Over the Hill", 1971, see my review on ProgArchives). And this respect is deserved: in addition to being arguably the primary creative force behind the frighteningly star-studded cast of Cream in the late 60s, and guesting on several prominent jazz/rock efforts by other artists (including Bley's above), he had delivered a number of solo albums that contain some of the most creative and lasting music of its era. Its lack of commercial success could only have been due to its thrillingly eclectic nature, employing the kind of stylistic combinations that would surely make a radio programmer scratch his head in confusion. Whereas Eric Clapton simplified his approach and found success, Jack Bruce went more complex and remained a cult figure.

This live album is the only full concert recording in existence of this band, and that alone makes it worthy for release; luckily, it is also a creditable, solid performance of Jack Bruce the Solo Artist circa '75, with four great-to-amazing solo albums already under his belt. This band lineup plays the material with a jazzy twist, with a much looser beat than was found on the studio albums; I admit this took some getting used to. Jack himself often sings around the melodies as opposed to simply singing them, almost scat singing at times, which I found very frustrating at first, as I dearly love the vocal melodies as originally written. But this performance clearly isn't meant to be a direct reading of the "hits", and once I realized that I was able to swing along with their freewheeling spirit.

On to the songs: "Can You Follow?" begins the show, a short, solo piano/vocal piece that also opened his "Harmony Row" album. The band then slowly revs up the multi-faceted (a word that could describe almost every song here, truth be told) jazz rocker "Morning Story". Carla Bley shines on organ here. Jack sings the lyrics in an almost haphazard order, mixing lines from one verse with lines from other verses as if he's forgotten the whole song. He did that on "Can You Follow" too. A little unnerving, but if you're not a Jack Bruce fanatic like me you probably won't even notice. Next are two tracks from his then-current album "Out of the Storm": the straightforward blues rocker "Keep it Down", one of the few songs in the set that has anything to do with the blues; and the complex "Pieces of Mind". All these songs so far suffer a little from those unexpected setbacks and tentativeness a band often encounters on stage -- taking a while for the band to get comfortable in its surroundings and really hit its stride. By this time, I was thinking this might turn out to be merely a so-so show; thankfully, the band starts to hit its stride after this rocky start.

Pianist Ronnie Leahy begins a long, beautiful solo piano improvisation, floating easily into "Tickets to Waterfalls", its playful cha-cha rhythm a natural head space for this loose combo. The band stretches the outro into a band improvisation, before Leahy and Bley finish with a variation on the opening piano figure of "Weird of Hermiston", leading neatly into that piece, which leads to further improvisation, finally ending the medley with "Post War", one of the strangest songs in Jack's repertoire, and no less strange in this band's reading. In fact, the rhythm section seems to find a unique groove in this song's psychotic ska (apologies to Jack for this heavy-handed description) approach. The first CD ends with a surprise -- a cover of jazz/fusion legend Tony Williams' "Spirit" - and ironically enough, this sole "jazz" piece rocks twice as hard as anything else in the show! The whole band really seems to kick into a new gear here.

Disc Two begins with the jazzy ballad "One", and it's nice to hear Jack stick closer to the vocal melody a bit more than he'd done so far. The band, still sounding confident, play loosely but assuredly. Things start to rock again with "You Burned the Tables on Me", one of Jack's louder, more aggressive solo numbers, but with rolling, funky rhythms rather than stomping rock rhythms. The band makes the most of its "rolling" nature, and stretches the instrumental parts out for several minutes apiece. I chuckled a bit when I realized that some of these bits reminded me of listening to moe. (an eclectic "jam band" that started in the 90s). The set climaxes with the greatly elongated "Smiles and Grins", as complex and strange a song as Jack has ever written. As this epic piece (elongated to 23 minutes here) unfolds, I realized the band had finally arrived at that coveted space in a live performance when the music seems to play itself. After the bridge, Bruce goes into a quiet but intricate bass solo that held me transfixed for several minutes. Instinctually, the band slowly comes back to join him - first Bley (on Mellotron! did I mention she plays a lot of Mellotron on this? It's great!), then the rest of the band as it fires up the song's 7/8 groove and kicks back into the song. For the song's extended coda, Mick Taylor, who had been mostly quiet for the entire show so far, finally spreads his wings and plays a beautiful, delicate guitar solo that was totally worth the wait. The song comes to a gentle rest at the end, and several reverent seconds pass before the crowd applauds appreciatively, and the band leaves the stage.

As an encore, the band plays the crowd pleaser "Sunshine of Your Love", easily the most famous song Bruce ever had a hand in. The band has fun with it, sticking mostly to the script but adding their own flavor here and there. In the instrumental outro, Bley comes in out of nowhere with the most comical synthesizer solo since "Lucky Man", and it kicks butt as you might imagine.

If you love Jack Bruce's solo material from the late 60s and early 70s, there's no reason why you shouldn't grab this. It's an imperfect document, but of a very special moment in time, a moment you won't hear elsewhere. For more casual fans of this kind of thing, tread carefully - it's not the All-Star-Blow-Session you might expect, it's a mostly laid back, loose and mildly jammy (vocally and insturmentally) set of readings of extremely eclectic jazzy pop songs.

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ABLUTION Sweden
ABUS DANGEREUX France
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ADDISON PROJECT Canada
AERA Germany
AFROSKULL United States
AGHARTA Canada
AGORA Italy
AIN SOPH Japan
AKA MOON Belgium
JAN AKKERMAN Netherlands
ALAS Argentina
ALKEMY France
ALKOTRIO Russia
ALTRUISMOS Argentina
AMARILLO CIAN Y MAGENTA Costa Rica
AMIGDALA Italy
ANAMORPHOSE France
APOSTOLIS ANTHIMOS Poland
ANTIHÉROE Argentina
AQUARELLE Canada
ARATTA REBIRTH Armenia
ARCANA United States
ARCHIMEDES BADKAR Sweden
ARCO IRIS Argentina
NEIL ARDLEY United Kingdom
BRUCE ARNOLD United States
ARSENAL Russia
ARTI E MESTIERI Italy
TIHOMIR POP ASANOVIC Yugoslavia
ASSOCIATION P.C. Multi-National
ASSOLO DI BONGO Italy
ASTRAKAN United Kingdom
ASTRO CAN CARAVAN Finland
ATMOSPHERES Multi-National
ATTENTION DEFICIT United States
BRIAN AUGER United Kingdom
AUM Brazil
AURORA United States
AVANT GARDEN United States
AVIOLINEE UTOPIA Italy
AXIS Greece
AYERS ROCK Australia
AZIGZA United States
B F Estonia
BAALBEK Argentina
BACK DOOR United Kingdom
BAKMAK Germany
BANDHADA Chile
BANDVIVIL Japan
BANGTOWER Multi-National
PETER BANKS United Kingdom
BARCELONA TRACTION Spain
PETER BARDENS' MIRAGE United Kingdom
IL BARICENTRO Italy
RANJIT BAROT India
BAUHAUS Italy
JEFF BECK United Kingdom
BEDJABETCH France
BELLA BAND Italy
BEN United Kingdom
BERITS HALSBAND Sweden
ALESSANDRO BERTONI Italy
ALAIN BLESING France
CARLA BLEY United States
BLIXT Multi-National
BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS United States
BLUE DRIFT United Kingdom
BLUE EFFECT (MODRÝ EFEKT; M. EFEKT) Czech Republic
BLUE SUN Denmark
BOHEMIA Czech Republic
CELINE BONACINA France
BONFIRE Netherlands
BOUD DEUN United States
GARY BOYLE United Kingdom
BOZON United States
BOZZIO LEVIN STEVENS United States
BRAINCHILD United Kingdom
BRAINSTORM Germany
BRAND X United Kingdom
THE BRECKER BROTHERS United States
EVAN BREWER United States
BROTHER APE Sweden
BROWN VS BROWN Netherlands
JACK BRUCE United Kingdom
BRUFORD LEVIN UPPER EXTREMITIES United States
BILL BRUFORD'S EARTHWORKS United Kingdom
BILL BRUFORD United Kingdom
DEWA BUDJANA Indonesia
BURNIN' RED IVANHOE Denmark
BWANA Nicaragua
CAB United States
CAMEMBERT France
JORGE CAMPOS Chile
GADI CAPLAN Israel
ALAIN CARON Canada
CARPATHIA PROJECT Hungary
CASH PONY United States
CENTIPEDE United Kingdom
CEREBUS EFFECT United States
CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS United States
DENNIS CHAMBERS United States
CHAMELEON Sweden
CHASE United States
CHEIRO DE VIDA Brazil
CHICAGO United States
CHUTE LIBRE France
CINCINNATO Italy
STANLEY CLARKE United States
NELS CLINE United States
BILLY COBHAM United States
ORNETTE COLEMAN & PRIME TIME United States
STEVE COLEMAN United States
COLOSSEUM United Kingdom
COLOSSEUM II United Kingdom
COMA Denmark
COMPANYIA ELÈCTRICA DHARMA Spain
CONFUSION Greece
BILL CONNORS United States
CONTEMPORARY NOISE SEXTET / QUARTET / QUINTET Poland
GIANFRANCO CONTINENZA Italy
CONTINUUM Multi-National
CONTREVENT Canada
COPERNICUS CROW United States
CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND United States
CORONARIAS DANS Denmark
LARRY CORYELL United States
CURT CRESS Germany
CRIMSON JAZZ TRIO United States
DAVID CROSS United Kingdom
CRY FREEDOM Germany
CRYPTO Netherlands
CYKLUS Germany
CYMANDE Multi-National
CZAJKOWSKI MINNEMANN United States
D.F.A. Italy
DARK Multi-National
MILES DAVIS United States
KOEN DE BRUYNE Belgium
LOUIS DE MIEULLE France
DEDALUS Italy
DEFUNKT United States
JACK DEJOHNETTE United States
DEMON FUZZ South Africa
DEN ZA DEN Yugoslavia
DENNIS Germany
DESATANUDOS Argentina
DEUS EX MACHINA Italy
AL DI MEOLA United States
MCLAUGHLIN AND DE LUCIA DI MEOLA Multi-National
DISCORDIAN SOCIETY United States
DIXIE DREGS United States
DJABE Hungary
DJAMRA Japan
DON GATO Peru
VIRGIL DONATI Australia
DOUBT United Kingdom
BOB DOWNES' OPEN MUSIC United Kingdom
DR. DOPO JAM Denmark
DREAMS United States
DROBAN-APHERNA Portugal
DUELLO MADRE Italy
JOEL DUGRENOT France
GEORGE DUKE United States
DZAMBLE Poland
E MOTIVE United States
EAST WIND POT Japan
EDGE United Kingdom
EDITION SPÉCIALE France
EDO Canada
EELA CRAIG Austria
ELECTROMAGNETS United States
ELEPHANT9 Norway
DON ELLIS United States
EMBRYO Germany
EMERGENCY Multi-National
ENERGIT Czech Republic
ENERGY OF SOUND United States
ERGO United States
ERGO SUM France
ESAGONO Italy
ESSENTIAL HAZARD United States
ETNA Italy
EVOLUCIÓN Chile
EX VITAE France
EXAMPLES OF TWELVES United Kingdom
EXMAGMA Germany
EXTRA BALL Poland
EYOT Serbia
EZOO Multi-National
ANTOINE FAFARD Canada
YIORGOS FAKANAS Greece
FANTASIA CROMATICA Argentina
FARMERS MARKET Norway
FEEDBACK Slovenia
FENOMEN Turkey
FERMÁTA Slovakia
FICTION United States
FINNFOREST Finland
FIRE MERCHANTS United Kingdom
A FISH'S DIVING SUIT Germany
DAVID FIUCZYNSKI United States
FLAMENGO Czech Republic
FLAT 122 Japan
BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES United States
FORGAS BAND PHENOMENA France
PATRICK FORGAS France
THE FOURTH WAY United States
THE FOWLER BROTHERS (AIR POCKET) United States
FRAGILE Japan
FRAGMENT37 United States
FREAKZOID United States
FREE WAVE SYSTEM Italy
FREEHAND United States
BILL FRISELL United States
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FUGU France
FULANO Chile
FULLMOONS Greece
GALLIARD United Kingdom
GAMALON United States
GARAGE A TROIS United States
GARAJ MAHAL United States
JAN GARBAREK Norway
AL GARCIA United States
GARLIC Italy
ROBERT GENCO Italy
GENRE United States
IAN GILLAN BAND United Kingdom
GIS MAJ ES Serbia
CHRISTOPHE GODIN France
GOLD United States
GOLDEN AVATAR United States
GONGZILLA Multi-National
GOOD GOD United States
JERRY GOODMAN United States
GORO WINS Argentina
GUTHRIE GOVAN United Kingdom
GOZZOZO France
GRAND GENERAL Norway
LE GRAND NEBULEUX France
JACQUES LA GRECA France
GRIMACE FEDERATION United States
GRITS United States
MUCK GROH Germany
GROTESK Germany
GROUP 87 United States
THE GROUP Finland
GUADALQUIVIR Spain
GUILLAUME PERRET & THE ELECTRIC EPIC France
WLODZIMIERZ GULGOWSKI Poland
GUNESH ENSEMBLE Turkmenistan
GURTH Spain
JUKKA GUSTAVSON Finland
VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND Serbia
MARY HALVORSON United States
JAN HAMMER United States
HERBIE HANCOCK United States
HANSFORD ROWE COLLECTIVE United States
JON HASSELL United States
HEAD United Kingdom
HEADBAND Germany
DICK HECKSTALL-SMITH United Kingdom
HECTIC WATERMELON United States
RONNY HEIMDAL Norway
JONAS HELLBORG Sweden
A HELMET OF GNATS United States
EDDIE HENDERSON United States
ALEJANDRO HERRERA Argentina
JAKE HERTZOG United States
DAVID HINES United States
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH United Kingdom
HOWEVER United States
HUGHSCORE United Kingdom
HUMAN ELEMENT United States
GARY HUSBAND United Kingdom
I KNOW YOU WELL MISS CLARA Indonesia
IBIS Sweden
ICARUS United Kingdom
ICEBERG Spain
ICONOCLASTA Mexico
IF United Kingdom
IGZIT-NINE Japan
IMÁN CALIFATO INDEPENDIENTE Spain
IMPACT FUZE Russia
IMPULS Czech Republic
INNER DRIVE Russia
IRON KIM STYLE United States
JOHN IRVINE United Kingdom
ISOTOPE United Kingdom
IZVIR Yugoslavia
RONALD SHANNON JACKSON United States
JAGA JAZZIST Norway
JAM CAMP United States
BENNY JANSSON Sweden
JARKA Spain
JAZZ PISTOLS Germany
JAZZ Q Czech Republic
JINETE AZUL Argentina
JENS JOHANSSON Sweden
ALPHONSO JOHNSON United States
JOIN IN Germany
JULIAN JULIEN France
JUPU GROUP Finland
JUTRO Yugoslavia
KADA Hungary
KALEIDON Italy
KANDAHAR Belgium
KARCIUS Canada
KASEKE Estonia
KBB Japan
KEHELL Japan
KENNEDY Japan
KENSO Japan
KICK THE CAT United States
KLAN Poland
KORNET Sweden
KORNI GRUPA / KORNELYANS Yugoslavia
KOSTAREV GROUP Russia
KRAAN Germany
KRABAT Germany
KRAKATOA United States
WAYNE KRANTZ United States
KRÉ Venezuela
VOLKER KRIEGEL Germany
KUJAKUON Japan
KUMINA.ORG Finland
KUNDALINI Sweden
LA DESOOORDEN Chile
LABORATORIUM Poland
LAND OF CHOCOLATE United States
SHAWN LANE United States
LASTING WEEP Canada
LEB I SOL Yugoslavia
LEHMEJUM Brazil
LEPRECHAUN Chile
TONY LEVIN United States
LIGHTHOUSE Canada
LINDWURM Germany
LIVING LIFE Italy
DIDIER LOCKWOOD France
THE LONELY BEARS Multi-National
LOTUS Sweden
RENAUD LOUIS GROUP France
LUMINA Brazil
MAAD Italy
JOHN MACEY United States
MACHINE AND THE SYNERGETIC NUTS Japan
MACKENZIE THEORY Australia
MADE IN SWEDEN Sweden
MAELSTROM United States
MAGNETIC SOUND MACHINE Italy
MAHAGON Czech Republic
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Multi-National
MAHAVISHNU PROJECT United States
MAHJUN France
MAHTRAK Brazil
DIDIER MALHERBE France
SEAN MALONE United States
MAN DOKI SOULMATES Multi-National
MANDRILL United States
MANEIGE Canada
MANFRED MANN'S CHAPTER THREE United Kingdom
MANOGURGEIL Finland
MICHAEL MANRING United States
MICHAEL MANTLER Austria
MAR DE ROBLES Chile
MARBIN Multi-National
THOMAS MARRIOTT United States
MATERIAL United States
MATHEMATICIANS United States
MATS-MORGAN (BAND) Sweden
BENNIE MAUPIN United States
MCGILL MANRING STEVENS United States
SCOTT MCGILL United States
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN United Kingdom
MCLUHAN United States
MECKI MARK MEN Sweden
MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD United States
MEDIABANDA Chile
MEGAN QUARTET Estonia
MENTAT ROUTAGE France
METALWOOD Multi-National
METAMORFOSIS Spain
PAT METHENY United States
CARLO MEZZANOTTE & SYNTAXIS Italy
MISA MICEVSKI Serbia
RIGEL MICHELENA Venezuela
MICKYLEE Serbia
MIDNIGHT SUN (RAINBOW BAND) Denmark
RADOMIR MIHAJLOVIC TOCAK Yugoslavia
BARRY MILES United States
MIND GALLERY Canada
MINDFLOWERS Hungary
MINOKE? Japan
MIRAGE France
MISSING LINK Germany
MISSUS BEASTLY Germany
MIST SEASON Finland
THE MISTAKES United States
TOSHIYUKI MIYAMA & HIS NEW HERD / MASAHIKO SATOH Japan
MOGUL THRASH United Kingdom
MOIRA Germany
NILS PETTER MOLVAER Norway
MOMBASA Multi-National
MONGOL Japan
MONSIEUR DUBOIS Netherlands
MOOGG Italy
MOOSE LOOSE Norway
MORAZ & BRUFORD Multi-National
MORPHEUS Germany
ALAN MORSE United States
MORSOF Japan
MORTA Canada
MOUSE ON THE KEYS Japan
ZUZO MOUSSAWER Brazil
ALPHONSE MOUZON United States
MUSICA URBANA Spain
MYSTERIES OF THE REVOLUTION United Kingdom
NADOIEDA Italy
NANU URWERK Germany
MAREK NAPIORKOWSKI Poland
NAPOLI CENTRALE Italy
NATHAN MAHL Canada
NATSUMEN Japan
NDIO Netherlands
NEXT ORDER Japan
NGUYÊN LÊ France
NIACIN United States
NIMA & MERGE United States
NOETRA France
NOVA Italy
NUCLEUS United Kingdom
OCTOBER United States
ODRAREG Venezuela
L' OEIL DU SOURD France
OHM United States
OHMPHREY United States
ONE SHOT France
ÁNGEL ONTALVA Spain
OPA Uruguay
OPUS-5 Canada
L' ORCHESTRE SYMPATHIQUE Canada
OREGON United States
OSIBISA Ghana
MAGNUS ÖSTRÖM Sweden
KIYOMI OTAKA Japan
OTIS GROVE United States
OTOWALA United States
OUT OF FOCUS Germany
OUTRE MESURE France
THE OWL WATCHES United States
OZONE QUARTET United States
PAIENS Canada
PANAMA RED Germany
PANOPTICON Belgium
PANTA RHEI Germany
PANZERBALLETT Germany
PARALLEL MIND United States
PARANOISE United States
BARBARA THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA United Kingdom
HERMETO PASCOAL Brazil
PASSPORT Germany
JACO PASTORIUS United States
PATTO United Kingdom
PERIGEO Italy
MIKI PETKOVSKI Yugoslavia
PHLOX Estonia
PI-ER-2 Poland
PINK FREUD Poland
PLACEBO Belgium
PLANET X United States
PLANETA IMAGINARIO Spain
PLINI Australia
PEKKA POHJOLA Finland
JEAN-LUC PONTY France
COZY POWELL United Kingdom
POWER TOOLS United States
PREDMESTJE Yugoslavia
PRIAM France
JULIAN PRIESTER United States
PRIORITY Japan
PRISMA X Chile
PROBE 10 United States
LES PROJECTIONNISTES Canada
PROTEUS United States
PSI Germany
PSICOMAGIA United States
PSP (PHILLIPS SAISSE PALLADINO) Multi-National
PTF Japan
PUPPENHAUS Germany
PURPLE CERISE EXPERIENCE Canada
QUARTIK Canada
QUARTO SENSORIAL Brazil
QUASAR Australia
QUASER Japan
QUI Japan
RA QUINTET United States
RADIUS United Kingdom
RAGA BOP TRIO United States
RAHMANN France
RAYUELA Argentina
THE REAL AX BAND Germany
REFORM Sweden
XAVI REIJA Spain
RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA Germany
RENAISSANCE SOUND United States
RETURN TO FOREVER United States
RHESUS O France
JEFF RICHMAN United States
RIFF RAFF United Kingdom
ROBOTOBIBOK Poland
ROCK JOINT Japan
ROHMER Italy
DAVID ROSE United States
ROUGH RAMBLERS United Kingdom
ROUND 11 Italy
ROUND HOUSE Japan
RUDDER United States
TERJE RYPDAL Norway
SAM (SLICK ALEXIUS MENNIGMANN) Germany
DAVID SANCIOUS United States
SANTANA Multi-National
CARLOS SANTANA Mexico
DON SCHIFF United States
ART SPIKE SCHLOEMER United States
SCHOOL OF THE ARTS United States
KRZYSZTOF SCIERANSKI Poland
JOHN SCOFIELD United States
SCOPE Netherlands
SCREAMING HEADLESS TORSOS United States
SECRET OYSTER Denmark
TONY SENATORE United States
SEPTEMBER Yugoslavia
DEREK SHERINIAN United States
SHIBUSASHIRAZU Japan
THE SHIN Georgia
WAYNE SHORTER United States
SIMAK DIALOG Indonesia
SIX NORTH Japan
SIXUN France
SKIN ALLEY United Kingdom
SKYWHALE United Kingdom
SLIVOVITZ Italy
SLOCHE Canada
THE SLOWMOVIES Italy
SMAK Yugoslavia
SNOWBALL Germany
SOLAR PLEXUS Sweden
SOLIS LACUS Belgium
SOLSTICE Canada
SOLUTION Netherlands
SOMBRE REPTILE France
SONCNA POT Yugoslavia
SPACE CIRCUS Japan
SPACED OUT Canada
TONY SPADA United States
SPECIAL OTHERS Japan
SPECTRUM ROAD Multi-National
SPEED LIMIT France
SPHERE 3 United Kingdom
SPHEROE France
SPIN Netherlands
SPINETTA JADE Argentina
SPLASH Sweden
SQUAREPUSHER United Kingdom
ST.ERHART France
STEELY DAN United States
STEEP United States
STRETCH IT TO THE LIMIT Peru
STRING CONNECTION Poland
STRINGS ARGUMENTS Japan
STROMBOLI Czech Republic
DARYL STUERMER United States
SUL DIVANO Argentina
SUNBIRDS Multi-National
SUR OCULTO Argentina
SURGERY Germany
MITSURU SUTOH Japan
SYMPOZION Israel
SYNCOPE Canada
SYNCRISIS Germany
SYRINX France
T.R.A.M. United States
TANTOR Argentina
TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI Finland
TAU CETI Brazil
TESSERACT United States
TETRAGON Germany
LA THEORIE DES CORDES France
THIRSTY MOON Germany
STEVE TIBBETTS United States
TIDELINE Belgium
TIEMKO France
KEITH TIPPETT GROUP United Kingdom
TO BE Germany
TOHPATI BERTIGA Indonesia
TOHPATI ETHNOMISSION Indonesia
JUKKA TOLONEN Finland
TOMORROW'S GIFT Germany
TONBRUKET Sweden
TONTON MACOUTE United Kingdom
TÓRAX Argentina
DAVID TORN United States
TOSHIMI PROJECT Japan
TOTAL ISSUE France
TOUBABOU Canada
RALPH TOWNER United States
TRANSIT EXPRESS France
TRI-OFFENSIVE Japan
TRIAL X Argentina
TRIANGULIZONA Croatia
TRIBAL TECH United States
A TRIGGERING MYTH United States
TRIO 96 Japan
EL TRIO Dominican Republic
TRIOSCAPES United States
TRIOSHIFT United States
TRIOXYDE United States
TRIPOD United States
TROUT QT Finland
ERIK TRUFFAZ France
TRURL United States
TRYO Chile
TUATARA United States
TUNNELS United States
JARTSE TUOMINEN Finland
TURNING POINT United Kingdom
TWO SIBERIANS (Белый Острог / WHITE FORT) Russia
ÜBERFALL Switzerland
HIROMI UEHARA Japan
JAMES BLOOD ULMER United States
UMEZU KAZUTOKI KIKI BAND Japan
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